Moscow drafts a blueprint for the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki

NATO Braces For Trump, White House Says Business As Usual

President Trump openly said that "You know, Angela.we are protecting you and it means a lot more to you.because I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you".

The Russian president complains to Trump about "fake news" and laments that the US foreign policy establishment - the "deep state", in Putin's words - is conspiring against them, the first senior USA official said. Instead, a series of events _ a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II _ will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump.

This personal animosity between the alliance's most important national leaders comes at an especially infelicitous time, with Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation applying pressure around Nato's periphery, using "hybrid warfare" techniques to destabilize the Baltic and Black Sea nations, and employing cyber operations to undermine democracy as far away as the US. It reflects the the percentage of each country's national defense budgets and nothing else. For context, the United States spends a massive amount on defense - 3.61 percent of our 2016 GDP was dedicated to it.

Allies are braced for a barrage of invective from Trump for not spending enough on defense, and are apprehensive that his often skeptical tone on the alliance that has underpinned European security for 70 years might turn into outright hostility. It might even backfire.

So Trump is doing the smart thing. I think there's going to be a key focus on our relationship on security and defence. The European governments are also curious about the road map of US foreign policy in regards to its relation with Russian Federation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who plans to attend a football match between France and Belgium Tuesday, the Kremlin said Monday.

"But this prerequisite is now undermined from within - by a couple of illiberal governments in the alliance, and now even by the US president".

US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani supports Trumps' upcoming face-to-face summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Germany's defense minister last week rebuffed Trump's twinning of trade and European defense spending ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

"He's mainly anxious about our allies taking advantage of us". Most participants in the poll (62%) believe that Putin's chief objective during the negotiations would be resolving bilateral issues, while Trump would try to strengthen the United States' position (71%).

Trump's own ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison made a similar plea for harmony during a call with reporters Thursday.

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